considers conference change
officials weigh pros and cons as they await an invitation to move
TCU will possibly
receive a formal invitation to leave Conference USA, Athletics Director
Eric Hyman said. Thursday Hyman would not comment on whether TCU was
expecting an invitation to join any specific conference.
TCU officials are doing a sort of watchful waiting, Hyman said.
The Mountain West Conference is currently evaluating possible candidates
for expansion, said Associate Commissioner Bret Gilliland in an e-mail.
The MWC Board of Directors has not made any final decision as
to whether to expand the conference membership, Gilliland said.
While it was originally anticipated a decision would be made
by the end of December, various factors have combined to extend the
process, he said.
Since the conference has not yet decided to expand, they havent
set a date for inviting prospective members.
If a decision is made to expand, the timing of invitations to
prospective members would be determined at that time, Gilliland
C-USA did not respond to phone calls or e-mail.
The TCU Board of Trustees will review any conference invitations at
their Jan. 30 meeting, Hyman said.
I think everything will crystallize by the end of the month,
Hyman said. Theres no deadline to any of this, but we
do want to try to bring it to closure.
Planning would begin immediately if TCU accepts a bid from another
conference, Gilliland said. However, new conference members would
not begin competing until the 2005 - 2006 academic year, he said.
Many factors would help TCU decide whether to change conferences,
We study all aspects of the conference, Hyman said.
Hyman said many factors would help TCU decide whether to change conferences,
including: Conference stability, location of future opponents, program
success, athletic budget, future potential, media coverage, travel
costs, attendance and power ratings.
One of the issues about the Mountain West Conference would be
stability, he said.
Mountain West has recently been a more stable conference than C-USA,
Joining the MWC would raise TCUs travel costs approximately
$200,000, Hyman said.
TCU would expect to pay entrance fees if they joined a different conference,
Hyman said. Once TCU is admitted to the conference, they will immediately
have revenue possibilities and voting rights.
Hyman said C-USA has made it clear where they stand on the issue of
They very much want us to stay, Hyman said.
However, C-USA has been very fair and very reasonable
as TCU makes its decision, he said.
There are compelling reasons to stay, and there are compelling
reasons to go, he said.